Hi, Im leaving England to travel around New Zealand and Oz in six weeks - which will be during their winter (purely cuz it suits my Uni holiday!) I still want to get the best of NZ during my stay whatever the weather!
Any suggestions for activities, itineries or flexible coach groups?
Im 21, very open minded and going for two months!
there's lots to do, also in winter. I travelled the S-Isl around this time as well (3yrs ago).
Just pack enough warm clothes and u'll b fine.
I went with Stray (not kiwi exp). Advantages and disadvantages as usual...
I also travelled round NZ during their winter last year. I had a fantastic time and there are far fewer tourists which makes many places much more enjoyable. for instance, i did some beautiful walks round abel tasman national park and when i got back to the village the man in the tourist office enquired how many people i had seen on my walk. i replied that i had seen around 15- 20 other people the whole day - he said if it had been high season that figure would have been over 200. so i'm so glad i did it then as it made it much more special being able to do it virtually alone! also many people think NZ is prettier in the winter as the mountains are snow -capped.
i travelled with stray bus which was great - they don't have quite as many services as during the summer but it just means you have to plan a little more carefully. Magic bus also get good reports, although i chose stray because they get off the beaten track more. you can book stray when you get to auckland, or online before you go.
in terms of activities, obviously the winter is much better for many of the outdoor activities. i certainly don't remember not being able to do anything because of the weather. it can get cold and wet though (especially in the south island) so bring appropriate waterproofs and warm clothes.
2 months is a good amount of time - i would probably recommend 3 on the north island and 5 on the south.